Staying home for the coronavirus doesn’t mean you have to stop thinking about travel, in fact it is the perfect time to plan your dream Christmas holiday to the United States. See how Americans celebrate Christmas below and plan your trip to maybe even get a white Christmas. To help you get started we put together all of our favourite things about Christmas in the United States.
Arrive from Australia into Los Angeles and see the city all lit up with lights for the festive season, they go all out for Christmas in Los Angeles with outdoor Ice Skating rinks, tree lighting festivals and parades. Even attractions like The LA Zoo and Disneyland get into the spirit with longer opening hours and Christmas lights. This all on top of the amazing food scene and shopping that are all in Los Angeles year round, the weather is cooler at this time of the year but it is still warm enough to go out and see the sites.
After soaking up some sun in LA, travel north to the Aspen ski fields for a white Christmas! Experience a true American winter getaway, ski the amazing slopes during the day and then kick back and relax with s'mores by the fire at night.
There is nothing quite like Christmas in New York. Ice skating in Central Park, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and the amazing New York City Rockettes. Along with these big ticket attractions are some truly one of a kind experiences, see the Harlem Gospel Choir sing carols, visit bars with themed cocktails in snow globes or visit the Union Square Holiday Market.
Because this is the city that never sleeps you don’t need to worry about your Christmas dinner, most restaurants are open for the holiday or live like a local and devour some Chinese take away!
Any trip to New York over Christmas is not complete without also celebrating New Year’s Eve in the city as well. Head to Times Square to see the iconic ball drop, or if you'd prefer to avoid the crowds, New York lights up at the stroke of midnight, find a spot along the river and join the locals to watch the firework across the skyline and ring in the new year.
Qantas flies direct from the East Coast of Australia to Los Angeles, with a number of different aircraft including the A380 and Dreamliner. Recently they started retrofitting the A380 to match the Dreaminer interior with a 1-2-1 configuration. The spacious Business Class suite features a wide entertainment screen and a seat that converts to a fully flat bed. While onboard guests can enjoy a delicious menu design by Rockpool chef Neil Perry. Read our review of Qantas Business Class Australia to Los Angeles here.